How to invite friends in Splatoon 3

One of the many fun things about the Splatoon series is the option to team up with a group of friends, and Splatoon 3 continues this tradition. Although the full game is not yet available for players to purchase, the game’s first Splatfest has been removed and gives players a taste of what’s to come.

Given the huge publicity surrounding the game, Nintendo fans all over the world are downloading it to give it a try. This large player base has led to many players enjoying the experience both as a single player and as a group. However, not everyone may know how to team up for some rounds.

This could be a total disappointment for groups looking to play a new game with their friends online. Fortunately, the way players can contact other friends to invite them to their squad is much easier than many would initially think. So how can players send Splatoon 3 squad invites to their Nintendo Switch Online friends?

Joining a Party in Splatoon 3: Sending Invitations and the Benefits of Forming a Squad

Players can join a party in Splatoon 3 (Image via Nintendo)
Players can join a party in Splatoon 3 (Image via Nintendo)

Previous entries in the series made inviting friends to games much more complicated. Players often had to solo queue if they wanted to play public matches, as the only way to play with friends in Splatoon 2 and 1 was to play in league matches that required four players. This was much more difficult to coordinate.

Fortunately, this has been made much easier in Splatoon 3, as players in any small group can party together for any public match. Although the only matches players can participate in are the regular game modes for Splatfest, this change will most likely be implemented for Salmon Run and ranked games as well.

Players will have the option to invite friends to their game through the Training Room. This is the room where players will meet before queuing for a match. However, players will notice that other player avatars on their friends list start appearing in the Training Room if the friend is online.

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Players can send invitations to others by interacting with these other avatars in the Training Room. However, they should note that this does not add them to a private team like it would in any other video game. Rather, Splatoon 3 only adds players who queue together in the party for the lobby as a whole.

This means that players are not always guaranteed to be on the same team as their friends. The way Nintendo has chosen to implement the long-awaited team queue feels a bit like a monkey’s paw wish. Players can play the game with their friends, but there is a high chance that they will have to play against them.

While Nintendo’s choice of how team queue works in Splatoon 3 sounds rather counterintuitive, this is a step in the right direction for fans of the franchise. Players should hope that the option to queue with friends will still be around for other modes like Salmon Run and that the feature will work normally for ranked.

Edited by Siddharth Satish

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